Extended-Day Covid-Relief team
A team of educators from Cedar Grove Elementary and throughout the district helped make CGE's Extended-Day Covid-Relief program a success this past fall. The United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties has renewed the program for another installment this spring.

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Cedar Grove students receive reading help as part of the school's Extended-Day Covid-Relief program this fall.

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Feb. 23, 2021-- The Extended-Day Covid Relief program at Cedar Grove Elementary School served about 50 students this past fall, providing reading and ELA interventions to students most impacted by the lack of in-person instruction during the Covid-19 pandemic. The program, funded by the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, was a success.

So much so, UWMOC is funding another cycle.

Cedar Grove will host the program again this spring, thanks to $5,000 in grant funding from the local nonprofit.

"The Extended-Day Covid-Relief program at Cedar Grove Elementary School has had a profound impact on our students as well as our parents," said Superintendent Thomas Gialanella. "We are extremely grateful to the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties for funding another cycle; the program this past fall proved to be a tremendous success, and has provided a model for our entire district when it comes to confronting the learning losses caused by this pandemic."

Principal Stacey Monetti leads the program with organizational support from Supervisor of Instruction Thomas Lanza. A team of dedicated staff members from CGE and other district elementary schools provides the in-person instruction to students after school.

"The most common feedback we received from both students and parents after the fall program was, 'I wish it wasn't over,'" said Monetti. "Now, thanks to UWMOC, it isn't! We're very excited for the opportunity to host this program again."

Monetti and her team plan to recruit and impact even more students this time around. The instructional portion of the program will run April 1 through May 31, with March utilized for contacting parents, enrolling students, and training teachers.